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Case for a newbypass route

To the Forum:

The bypass road the state wants to put in would he helpful.

Kaua’i’s highways are clogged here as in many other areas on the

island.

The proposed road, would cut down congestion in this area, but it

is time to consider a route, from the tree tunnel to Kealia, similar to the one

proposed years ago, that even had funding.

This would significantly reduce

traffic from Kapa’a to Lihu’e, and again from Lihu’e to the tree

tunnel.

Many Wailua and Kapa’a people work on the south and west shores. By

attaching Kawaihau and Olohena Roads to this bypass, about 10 percent of the

traffic from the tree tunnel to Kapa’a would be eliminated.

The same holds

true for west side people who work on the east side. This road would provide

quite a few people alternative routes once again reducing

congestion.

Tourists and tourists related tours, out of necessity, have to

drive through these areas. This bypass would allow them to access another route

which again would decongest these areas. Furthermore, delivery trucks and vans

could plan their routes in such a way as to avoid traffic instead of being

contributing factors.

Some people are concerned that this road would

promote development within the interior part of the island. People control land

use, we already have roads, without the corresponding development.

Local

business people have expressed concern this route would take away business.

Easier accessibility promotes business.

Right now people feel like they

are taking their lives in their hands crossing some of the streets of the

island, and some just won’t go. It is easier and safer to call O’ahu or the

Mainland to have something shipped and a lot less stressful.

If anything,

it would enhance business as residents and visitors alike, stuck in traffic,

can’t shop.

This road would significantly reduce, possibly eliminate, the

traffic congestion in three areas making existing roads safer for bicyclists

and pedestrians.

It could also open up another niche market. People travel

the world to go to spots they can bicycle. We could become the bicyclists mecca

of the U.S., pedal Kaua’i with tours along the ocean, and scenic inland tours

as well.

Marathons and triathlons would also be a consideration.

This

road could be built without creating the traffic jams we will otherwise endure

during road construction anywhere else, at least around existing highways, and

will create a “true” bypass, taking traffic away from congested areas rather

than just creating additional intersections we all know we will eventually be

stuck in.

This one by-pass could eliminate the need for three other

bypasses currently in the planning stages which ultimately means it should be

far more cost effective.

Eric Toulon

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